L'Orient Est Rouge
Released: Jan 1998
This! gorgeous instrumental album is a perfect introduction to the wild, rhythmically challenging world of Balkan folk. Start with the title track; based on an infamous hit song from Tito-era Yugoslavia, "L'Orient Est Rouge" just swings. So does the rest of the album, albeit in a more cacophonous way. "Sunet Oro" and "Ciganka" stand out in a uniformly brilliant set.